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  • DeepSouthSenior: If The Merry Widow is such a light-as-air, inconsequential bon-bon, then why waste so many... 4:15 PM
  • la vociaccia: I just listened to his Nessun Dorma. To be fair, Simon O’Neill has been “singing&... 4:10 PM
  • la vociaccia: That minute and a half contains better singing than the entirety of the Les Mis film. 4:02 PM
  • Krunoslav: I want to know when they don the Zeffirelli cow costumes. 3:59 PM
  • Cicciabella: Compared to this guy’s Otello, Botha’s Tristan will be a dream. I always enjoy his... 3:58 PM
  • armerjacquino: Three minutes of a dance routine in rehearsal clothes. ‘The worst the Met has ever... 3:56 PM
  • Buster: It looks and sounds provincial, and totally uninspired. I also would have believed Walloon Opera. 3:43 PM
  • basso profundo: I told you he was awful. I sat through a STAGED Otello with him once. truly terrible. Vocally... 3:34 PM
  • quibbleglib: I found Mariotti to be superb in Rigoletto two seasons ago as well. I heard the score in ways... 3:18 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Elktra could dance under the mistletoe and collapse from an overdose of eggnog. Driven to... 3:01 PM

Man in chair

“The question on everyone’s lips at Carnegie Hall was, ‘Is Jimmy back in form?’ The answer, after a nearly three-hour program featuring the Met Opera orchestra and piano soloist Evgeny Kissin, was ‘yes, maybe’.” [New York Post]

Teen spirit

Now that the Met’s 2013-2014 season has been published and almost immediately discussed to death, La Cieca thought it would be amusing to do a bit of speculation about what lies ahead as we approach the middle of the decade. An assemblage of gossip and guesswork about the 2014-2015 season follows the jump, and won’t it be fun to look back on this post next February when the official announcement is made? Read more »

Our retrospection will now be all to the future


La Cieca predicts you will be seeing more of the same old puritans at the Met next season, and she’s not just talking about the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?” But uou will also see six new productions (including a Met premiere of a 21st century work) and the local debut of one of opera’s most controversial stage directors. Read more »

James Levine at the MET

Out of the past

James Levine, the Metropolitan Opera’s Music Director, will return to conducting on May 19, 2013 with the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

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Scent of mystery

La Cieca has been sniffing around her generally reliable (and fragrant) sources, and she thinks she has pieced together a list of the dozen operas to be featured in the 2013-2014 season of “The Met: Live in HD.”

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James Levine at the MET

Endgame

Based on reliable reports about reshuffling of the Met’s repertoire for the 2013-14 season, the only reasonable conclusion is that James Levine will never return to conduct with the company.

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The only work that really brings enjoyment

James Levine received $2.1 million in compensation from the Met for the 2010-2011 season, during which time he conducted 31 performances.

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Hier bleibt Elektra

The Met has finally released the contents of the James Levine 40th Anniversary box sets separately for those of us who didn’t have $500 lying around.

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Time to say goodbye

La Cieca has just heard some interesting and completely plausible gossip about 2013-14.

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Incremental health

Says the Met press office (a propos of nothing much on a quiet Friday afternoon): “Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi will conduct the Met’s new production of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung which premieres January 27, 2012, and continues on January 31, February 3, 7, and 11 matinee. Luisi will also conduct the MET Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall on January 15, featuring Renée Fleming as soloist. He replaces the Met’s Music Director, James Levine, who is continuing his rehabilitation after a fall last September that necessitated emergency back surgery.”

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